The debut album from Howard Ivans is out now!
Today marks the release of the full-length debut from Howard Ivans, Beautiful Tired Bodies, his first release since the explosive 45, “Red Face Boy b/w Pillow”, in 2013. Beautiful Tired Bodies is a new soft funk tone poem, is a voice crooning out in the wilderness, is…
“some real-ass Donald Fagen shit … a sumptuously arranged blast of smooth, smooth sensuality” – Stereogum
“subtle, supple funk” – FLOOD Magazine
“smoove sophisticated” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“left-field retro-soul magic” – Power of Pop
“[a] stand-alone piece of aural artistry that pushes the envelope of crooning pop and R&B while continuing to preserve its essence” – Selective Memory Mag
“he builds sounds that echo memories of the classic tracks of the heroes who have gone before” – ArtistDirect
Fall down the rabbit hole of Ivan Howard’s alter ego and wake up in a stylized soundscape, surrounded by twisting melodies and singing shadows. Beautiful Tired Bodies is the latest installment of chromatic-eyed soul from the man who brought us a “magnificent art-funk treasure” (SPIN) and “a symphonic funkscape worthy of Quincy Jones” (UNCUT). Talking to the mirror in the man, Howard Ivans delivers his full-length debut, co-produced by Trey Pollard and Cameron Ralston, featuring the Spacebomb house band and a VIP list of Richmond musicians. The experience is immersive, a headlong rush, shot through with highlights like Pollard’s transfixing string arrangements and bold keyboard riffs from Devonne Harrison (Stones Throw). Howard Ivans stands in the spotlight, a man who once recorded a bold, song-by-song remake of Sade’s Love Deluxe, delivering a new soft funk tone poem, a voice crooning out in the wilderness. Read more about Howard Ivans.
Howard Ivans – “Jump In”
Today, we’re excited to release “Jump In,” the fifth and final single off Howard Ivans‘ debut album Beautiful Tired Bodies before it comes out next week. The Tony Forgey-directed stop motion video was made entirely with post-it notes, topping out at almost 10,000 pieces in the largest scene, and was premiered at Tiny Mix Tapes, who called it a “ultra-creative Post-it eye-xtravaganza.”
There are only a few days left to pre-order Beautiful Tired Bodies and get the exclusive metallic gold vinyl with a limited edition screenprint by Spacebomb art director Travis Robertson. Only 100 were made and they aren’t many left. PRE-ORDER
Introducing Spacebomb Playlists on Spotify
Spacebomb’s supreme tastemakers have handpicked five new playlists on Spotify for any occasion. Follow each one for frequent updates. See you in outer space.
SPACEBOMB: Cocktail Hour
Songs for gathering. Songs for imbibing. Songs for people who like great songs. Make this the soundtrack to your evening. (Curated by Cameron Ralston)
SPACEBOMB: Deep Space Travel
Calling all current and future astronauts. Venture into the vast emptiness of deep space with this in your ears. (Curated by Cameron Ralston)
SPACEBOMB: Rainy Day
Soundtrack to a rainy day, handpicked by Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard.
SPACEBOMB: Dance Party
Music that makes you move. For best results, push play on Friday and don’t stop until Monday (Curated by Pinson Chanselle)
SPACEBOMB: Let’s Go Get Stoned
Blast off. (Curated by Matthew E. White)
Bedouine announces U.S. tour dates this November
Fresh off a tour supporting Fleet Foxes, Bedouine announces more U.S. tour dates this fall, including a Richmond co-bill with labelmate Howard Ivans and support from Domino Kirke on the others. But first, she heads out this week with folk singer Willie Watson on the west coast, and tours the UK and Ireland with Michael Kiwanuka and Matthew E. White – including a stop at the Spacebomb Revue in London on October 6th. Tickets for all shows are on sale now!
Howard Ivans – “Back to the Life”
How much is actually fiction? asks Howard Ivans in his new song, “Back to the Life.” Ivans channels his inner Robert “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On” Palmer on this fourth single from the forthcoming debut album, Beautiful Tired Bodies. Listen to it over at FLOOD Magazine, who call it “subtle, supple funk.”
Beautiful Tired Bodies is Howard Ivans’ opus – is it the magnum or a sweet 750 ml? Only time will tell. Either way, it’s pure magic, a soft funk tone poem to lost identity, the grip of love, and trying to live in the present as time rushes under the bridge. Available in limited edition metallic gold vinyl as a pre-order exclusive now, before its release on September 22nd. Order yours below, or pre-order on iTunes and get instant downloads of each of the singles.